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Feldenkrais lessons are available at Overdale Equestrian Centre with Karin Major.

Group Class – Tuesdays 7pm, Westcote Village Hall, Church Westcote, OX7 6SF contact us here…

To book a lesson, please have a look at our lessons page or to make an enquiry or book a Class contact us here…

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The Feldenkrais Method ® is a simple and effective way of relearning how to move with ease (as most of us did when we were babies / children), to improve posture and general health. It is a very gentle, non-invasive movement therapy. It enables you to become more aware of your body, your habits and your potential, to know where you are, so you can have control over your body, reducing muscular strain and effort.

Feldenkrais isn’t about curing or fixing people. It isn’t a medical treatment, it’s an educational approach. It’s about helping people get control back into their lives by understanding why they feel the way they do, and by learning how to move differently so that they don’t have to keep feeling that way. Even when people have an organic problem or disease, it can often help them to deal with how they respond to the problem.

Almost anyone can benefit from Feldenkrais. It can help people with a variety of conditions, from easing sports injuries, back and limb problems, shoulder neck and back pain, to increasing mobility and flexibility. It can also help those who are fit and well to keep in prime condition and improve their sporting activities, by improving flexibility and co-ordination of movement, encouraging improved breathing habits and relaxation.
No, except that it can be taught in classes. The lessons are an exploration of your potential as an individual. It is not an aerobic activity. Movement is gentle and progressive; there is no ‘posture’ to be ‘achieved’. It is not an exercise class, although it can improve balance and strength, not through the building of muscles, but through the activation of the most appropriate muscle groups (and the releasing of the opposing groups) to make activities achievable with less effort.
Feldenkrais is a worldwide organisation, practised in over 20 countries outside the UK. The Feldenkrais Method was introduced to the UK in the 1980’s and there are a limited number of trained Practitioners operating in Great Britain, although the number is growing. The practitioner training takes a minimum of 4 years.
The name of the Method is from its creator Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). He was a Russian born Israeli engineer and atomic physicist who had studied mechanical and electrical engineering and physics in Paris where he worked until the invasion of France in 1940, when he escaped to Britain. He was also a keen football player and a judo black belt (he opened the first Judo school in Europe).

Following injury to himself he studied the mechanics of human movement, including how we learn to move as babies, and developed his methods to enable people to learn how to move more efficiently.

Feldenkrais is available in two formats:

  • Classes — known as Awareness Through Movement ® (ATM)
  • Individual Lessons — called Functional Integration ® (FI)

In ATM group classes the teacher gives verbal instructions, leading students through a sequence of gentle movements and being aware of themselves and their breathing while moving. There are hundreds of different lessons, many of them done lying on the floor.

In FI lessons, the student is guided in a hands-on way through a series of movements to explore available possibilities.

No. Feldenkrais is experiential learning. There is no ‘theory’ to learn, you absorb the lesson through doing it. It is not necessary to practice between classes, although if you feel like exploring some parts of the class again that’s fine. As you become more practised you may find you become more aware of yourself and the way you move in your day-to-day activities. This is part of the learning process, but not something you can force.
No. The best thing to wear is loose clothing, without belts and buckles, so your movement is not restricted. Depending on where the class is held a rug or mat may be used to lie on, and a small firm cushion (or folded towel) may be useful, but not essential.

Nutritional Supplements

Correct nutrition is important to everyone, whatever your age or activities. Horses require daily care, and it is therefore important to me (Karin) that I maintain my health, so I can attend the yard daily. Although I no longer undertake the general yard duties on a day-to-day basis, I remain the back-up when other staff members are unavailable due to illness.

Several years ago, I regularly found myself anaemic, drained of energy and subject to lethargy. In retrospect, I’d say I also had mild depression. Fortunately, I met Sandra Kanfer Clarke who introduced me to the USANA range of nutritional supplements. Within weeks of taking their products my energy and general health started to improve. Since then I have gone from strength to strength. Frequently I have found that whilst all those around me have picked up a ‘bug’, I have either managed to avoid it totally, or my symptoms have been relatively mild, so I have been able to continue riding and working.

USANA Health Sciences is one of America’s leading companies in the field of health and nutrition. USANA helps improve the lives of people around the world producing superior product lines that customers can always trust.

Comprised of both the Essentials and the Optimizers, these high-quality USANA Nutritionals are designed to provide the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other compounds) your body needs for optimal, lifelong health by providing a complete and balanced spectrum of nutrients and antioxidants to help counteract poor nutrition and free-radical damage. I take these daily. There have been times when I’ve run-out and therefore stopped, but I soon notice the difference in my energy levels and realized why, so re-ordered.
These great-tasting meal- and snack-replacements provide the macronutrients (low-glycaemic carbohydrates, high-quality proteins, and beneficial fats) your body needs to build health, maintain your weight, and sustain energy levels. I use these when time is tight and I need to grab a healthy snack between lessons.
Take USANA’s True Health Assessment to receive a personalized nutrition program designed exclusively for you.
USANA’s patented self-preserving skin- and personal-care products provide the latest breakthroughs in the science of skin and personal care. The products deliver ingredients that effectively refine, replenish, and support the skin at the cellular level. I use these daily to protect my skin.

Take USANA’s True Health Assessment to receive a personalized nutrition program designed exclusively for you.

Want to learn more? Speak to Karin, or contact Sandra Kanfer Clarke at

“I had no idea what to really expect and was slightly nervous.

My nerves quickly evaporated as Karin put me at ease with her quiet, confident and calming manner.

Karin took time to ask me about my back, my lifestyle and stresses and listened intently to my answers.

This increased my confidence further as I saw that Karin was making my session ‘tailor made’.”Liz

Cyclo-ssage Massage System

The Pro Personal Massage System has been designed to achieve deep tissue and muscle activity with no side effects – relieving aches and pains associated with many conditions – or alternatively it may be simply used as a form of relaxation.

The Pro Personal Massage System has been designed to achieve deep tissue and muscle activity with no side effects – relieving aches and pains associated with many conditions – or alternatively it may be simply used as a form of relaxation.


Feldenkrais Private session – ATM / FI

45 minutes

Feldenkrais – special saver – 6 lessons (save £24)

45 minutes x 6

Feldenkrais plus a Private Mounted lesson – special saver (save £9)

90 minutes

Feldenkrais Group AT – maximum of 4
(SPECIAL OFFER – bring up to 3 friends for free)

45 minutes

Cyclo-ssage session

15 minutes

Cyclo-ssage – special saver –6 sessions (save £18)

15 minutes x 6

* Pre-paid sessions to be taken within 6 months of booking.

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“Thanks for punched in stomach picture! I did punched in the stomach with Bruce today when I rode him. Like Jim he can be a little stubborn about moving.

It was extraordinary, he went into a trot without a set to and no asthma for me! Thanks so much.”Nicola



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